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Elizabethtown prepares to debut new terminal building

Work on the new airport terminal building has been completed and the town staff are now putting the finishing touches on the building. The town is now gearing up for a grand opening celebration.

Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said, “A ribbon cutting is planned for Friday, March 1.”

Mayor Sylvia Campbell sent out a public notice invitation about the ceremony. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. on March 1st in front of the new terminal building. The building was constructed on the site of the old terminal building. The new building measures 4,495 square feet and was built on the site of the old terminal. The new building features a lobby, office space, a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, classroom space, restroom facilities, kitchen space, shower facilities, and storage space.

Construction was slowed slightly by Hurricane Florence but the building did not suffer any damage from the storm. All work in the terminal building are expected to be completed in time for the ribbon cutting on Friday, March 1.

Madden said the terminal project was funded with a $1.2 million grant from the North Carolina Division of Aviation.

The old terminal building was sold and moved off the property. The former terminal building was constructed in 1988 and dedicated to the memory of former Elizabethtown Mayor William “Bill” Keith in 1990.

Written by: Erin Smith, BladenOnline.com

Report: Airports Contribute $52 Billion, 307,000 Jobs to N.C. Economy

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s publicly owned airports contribute more than $52 billion to the state’s economy and support 307,000 jobs, according to a report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation.

The report, North Carolina: The State of Aviation, highlights the economic impacts of the state’s public airports and the related aviation and aerospace assets that support North Carolina’s aviation economy. NCDOT created the report to help guide future investment in aviation infrastructure and to act as a tool for recruiting future aviation and aerospace industry.

Airports and aviation-related jobs also provide $12.6 billion in personal income and contribute $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenues every year.

“Our network of 72 public airports, and the aviation and aerospace assets that rely on them, help move our economy forward by creating jobs, supporting business growth and connecting people and companies to markets around the globe,” said Bobby Walston, director of NCDOT’s Division of Aviation.

North Carolina’s public airport system boasts 10 commercial service and 62 general aviation airports that connect local businesses and communities to global markets, house and refuel private aircraft, support military and agricultural aviation and statewide emergency response, and provide aviation services such as aerial photography and pilot training. The commercial service airports also offer regularly scheduled passenger service.

All airports generate significant economic return for their communities and the state. For instance, North Carolina’s public airports lease space to more than 3,300 private aircraft that generate more than $19 million in tax revenues for their communities each year. The owner of a $1.5 million aircraft based at a North Carolina airport pays local property taxes equivalent to those paid by owners of 10 homes valued at $150,000 each.

The report contains data compiled and analyzed for NCDOT by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education. Impacts are calculated based on factors such as jobs supported by the airports and the businesses that rely on them, business and leisure travelers, and airport capital projects and operations.

View the full report, including the breakdown of each individual airport’s contributions, atncdot.gov/aviation.

New facility coming in 2019

Plaque at airport

Work is almost complete on the new terminal building located at the Elizabethtown Airport. Big plans for the future of the airport and terminal building are in the works.

Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said the contractor is performing touch-up work and completing a “punch list.”

Lobby

Madden said while work on the project was slowed by Hurricane Florence, it did not receive any damage during the storm. Madden said the town is anticipating the project will be completed and ready for a grand opening by February 2019.

Elizabethtown Airport Terminal Future is Bright

By Erin Smith, BladenOnline.com

Work is almost complete on the new terminal building located at the Elizabethtown Airport. Big plans for the future of the airport and terminal building are in the works.

Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said the contractor is performing touch-up work and completing a “punch list.”

Madden said while work on the project was slowed by Hurricane Florence, it did not receive any damage during the storm. Madden said the town is anticipating the project will be completed and ready for a grand opening by February 2019.

He shared some exciting news about the future use of the terminal building.

“Our plan is to establish a civil air patrol squadron here. It will be a composite squadron that would give youth in the community the opportunity to learn more about aviation,” said Madden.

He stated the civil air patrol unit, if established, will need space for orientation, mapping and other flight training related activities.

“So far, the Fayetteville and Wilmington Squadrons have said they will help us get one established here. It would open the door for not only more use of the airport for the community but also open the doors for some of our youth to maybe take on a career in aviation,” said Madden.

The newly constructed terminal building offers a civil air patrol squadron plenty of space in which to learn and train. The new building measures 4,495 square feet and was built on the site of the old terminal. The new building features a lobby, office space, a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, classroom space, restroom facilities, kitchen space, shower facilities, and storage space.

The terminal project was funded with a $1.2 million grant from the North Carolina Division of Aviation.

The old terminal building was sold and moved off the property. The former terminal building was constructed in 1988 and dedicated to the memory of former Elizabethtown Mayor William “Bill” Keith in 1990.

State Transportation Board Funds Improvements at 24 N.C. Airports

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 27 North Carolina airports.

The $24.7 million in funding, approved by the board during its July meeting, will be used to provide improvements such as better runway lighting, new fuel tanks and safer taxiways.

For example, some of the funding is going to Anson County Airport- Jeff Cloud Field to help build a fence that will eventually enclose the entire airfield.  Located just miles from Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, the airport is always at risk from runway incursions by animals.

“Just like when you’re driving on the highway, deer and other wildlife present a danger to aircraft that are landing or taking off,” Said Chris Joffsen, who helps manage the airport for Anson County. “Once complete, operations here will become much safer and pilots won’t have to worry as much about encountering something on the runway.”

North Carolina airports serve as a vital economic engine connecting people and business enterprises with the world. They are among the primary economic drivers in their local communities.

The projects the N.C. Board of Transportation approved include:

*$903,240 to install phase II of perimeter fencing at Anson County Airport – Jeff Cloud Field.
*$390,600 to update the airport layout plan at Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport.
*$526,000 to rehabilitate pavement at the aircraft apron in the Fixed Base Operation area at Clinton-Sampson County Airport.
*$426,600 to rehabilitate pavement on the north apron and $323,100 to update the airport layout plan at Currituck County Regional Airport.
*$155,000 to acquire land to clear obstructions from the runway approach, $306,000 to install security fencing around the terminal area and $321,300 to update the airport layout plan at Columbus County Municipal Airport.
*$585,000 to rehabilitate apron pavement to match the current strength of the runway and taxiways and $361,800 to update the airport layout plan at Dare County Regional Airport.
*$180,000 to update the airport layout plan at Duplin County Airport.
*$513,333 to construct a new hangar access road and $438,435 to reconstruct hangar taxilane pavement at Foothills Regional Airport (Morganton).
*$225,000 to update the airport layout plan at Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport.
*$2,484,000 for rehabilitation of the runway pavement at Henderson-Oxford Airport.
*$1,269,176 to prepare the site for a future Fixed based Operation and maintenance facility, and $325,800 to update the airport layout plan at Johnston County Airport
*$315,000 to obstructions to the Runway 23 approach and $531,236 to rehabilitate the general aviation apron pavement at Kinston Regional Jetport-Stallings Field.
*$610,000 to include Taxiway G in an active rehabilitation of Taxiway F at Laurinburg-Maxton Airport.
*$486,000 to replace outdate glideslope instruments at Mid-Carolina Regional Airport (Salisbury).
*$1,344,600 to rehabilitate taxiway pavement and $672,916 to complete environmental mitigation at Mount Airy Surry County Airport.
*$209,000 for design of a full parallel taxiway at Mount Olive Municipal Airport.
*$288,000 to update the airport layout plan at Northeastern Regional Airport (Edenton).
*$513,000 to remove Runway 6 obstructions at Person County Airport.
*$296,100 to complete purchasing of land within the Runway Protection Zones at Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport.
*$1,440,000 to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway lighting at Stanly County Airport.
*$675,000 to replace the existing runway electronic approach localizer and glideslope guidance system at Statesville Regional Airport.
*$1,521,000 to rehabilitate airfield lighting at Triangle North Executive Airport (Louisburg).
*$2,828,700 to rehabilitate the taxiway and runway, and design and rehabilitate the aircraft apron pavement at Warren field (Washington).
*$326,785 to reimburse for land purchased and $2,922,750 for future construction of four new hangars and construction of a new apron and taxiway at Wayne Executive Jetport.

Airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, according to a 2016 report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The NCDOT Division of Aviation is responsible for airport and aviation system planning and development, and provides funding to local communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state.

The funds awarded do not in all cases represent the total cost of the project.

State Transportation Board Funds Improvements at Nine N.C. Airports

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to nine of North Carolina’s publicly-owned airports.

The $3.7 million in funding, approved by the board during its June meeting, will be used to provide improvements such as better runway lighting, new fuel tanks and safer taxiways.

North Carolina airports serve as a vital economic engine connecting people and business enterprises with the world. They are among the primary economic drivers in their local communities.

For example, $1.59 million will be used to prepare land for new t-hangars and taxilanes at Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport. The hangars and taxilanes will enable the facility to accommodate more aircraft, enhance customer service and generate additional tax revenue for the airport, said Jack Poole, the airport’s supervisor.

“We have a waiting list of over 20 pilots that want to base their aircraft here,” Poole said. “Once we have these hangars built, these based aircraft will be an income source and help our airport become almost totally self-sufficient.”

The projects the N.C. Board of Transportation approved include:

*$10,602 to help replace aging fuel tanks at Avery County Airport.
*$873,900 for taxiway reconstruction at Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport.
*$257,400 to design the second phase of the west apron expansion,at Cape Fear Regional Jetport (Southport).
*$249,930 to design an apron expansion and a new helipad at Harnett Regional Jetport.
*$236,970 for runway lighting and improved aprons at Henderson-Oxford Airport.
*$9,410 to clear and prepare land for a future Automated Weather Observation Station at Martin County Airport.
*$171,000 for design of an improved apron at Michael J. Smith Field (Beaufort).
*$211,500 to reimburse the airport for land purchased for a runway extension at Mt. Airy-Surry County Airport.
*$116,550 to add taxiway rehabilitation to the existing design of a project to rehabilitate a runway at Washington-Warren Field.

Airports and aviation-related industries contribute $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, according to a 2016 report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The Division of Aviation is responsible for state airport and aviation system planning and development, and provides funding to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state.

The funds awarded do not in all cases represent the total cost of the project.

Grants Approved to Support 19 N.C. Airports

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 19 North Carolina airports.

The $10.2 million in funding will be used to provide improvements such as better lighting, longer runways and repairs to hangars and terminal buildings.

North Carolina airports serve as a vital economic engine connecting people and business enterprises with the world. For example, the funds will improve safety and customer service at the Edenton airport, says Harry Davis, manager of Edenton’s Northeastern Regional Airport.

“Right now, we’re having to use a fuel truck to fill up these aircraft,” Davis said. “Once we get this new pavement in, aircraft will be able to pull right up to the fueling area.  This is much safer and more convenient for the pilots that come through here.”

The N.C. Board of Transportation in its’ April and May meetings approved the funds for the following airports:

Albert J. Ellis (Richlands): $615,000 in additional funding for airfield lighting rehabilitation;

Anson County: $37,000 for new perimeter fencing around the terminal area;

Burlington-Alamance Regional: $1,080,000 reimbursement for a runway extension and related land acquisition;

Cape Fear Regional Jetport: $400,000 additional reimbursement funds for runway extension land;

Duplin County: $1,200,000 adjusted STI funding for runway widening and strengthening, improved lighting, and a new taxiway;

Elizabeth City Regional: $291,480 for drainage rehabilitation on the T-hangar taxilane;

Gastonia Municipal: $20,000 for runway alignment and new site alternatives analysis;

Hickory Regional: $915,000 for reconstruction of the north ramp following tornado damage in 2017;

Johnston County: $556,200 for drainage repair and rehabilitation;

Laurinburg-Maxton: $275,000 in additional funding for localizer replacement;

Lumberton Regional: $623,000 for terminal building site improvements; Martin County: $95,000 for beacon replacement;

Michael J. Smith Field (Beaufort): $71,000 in additional funding to update the Airport Layout Plan (ALP);

Moore County: $1,440,000 for rehabilitation of the airfield drainage system;

Northeastern Regional (Edenton): $540,550 for paving around a new fuel farm;

Raleigh-Durham International: $642,608 for design of a Remain Over Night (RON) apron rehabilitation;

Richmond County: $39,000 for obstruction clearing and fence replacement;

Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional: $304,920 for underground closure and removal of the old fuel farm, and $194,000 for preliminary engineering on a new taxiway and hangars;

Tri-County (Aulander): $875,000 towards construction of the new terminal building;

Airports and aviation-related industries contribute $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, according to a 2016 report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The Division of Aviation is responsible for state airport and aviation system planning and development, and provides funding to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state.

The funds awarded do not in all cases represent the total cost of the project.

Rouzer votes to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration, bolster 7th District airports

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) – a five year, bipartisan reauthorization bill to provide long-term stability for the nation’s aviation community, bolster investment in airports across the country, improve America’s competitiveness, strengthen passenger protections, and ensure our aviation system is the safest in the world.

“The aviation industry supports 11.3 million jobs and generates $1.5 trillion in economic activity.  House passage of this bill is the latest in our ongoing efforts to strengthen and modernize our country’s infrastructure, a key component to growing our economy and creating jobs.  More than 47 million passengers fly to and from North Carolina each year, and the FAA Reauthorization Act is critical to airports of all sizes, such as Wilmington International Airport, Clinton-Sampson County Airport, Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport, Johnston County Airport, Columbus County Municipal Airport, Duplin County Airport, and Cape Fear Regional Jetport among many, many more throughout the state.”

The FAA Reauthorization Act eliminates red tape so that manufacturers are better able to innovate and compete in the global market, upgrades airport infrastructure systems to enhance flight experience, and makes improvements to federal disaster relief programs so that our communities are better prepared for, and can recover quicker from, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Elizabethtown Airport Construction has Begun

By Erin Smith, BladenOnline.com

The Elizabethtown Airport is a hub of activity as construction has begun on the taxiway project and work is progressing on the new airport terminal. The taxiway, when completed, will access four large industrial sites, said Town Manager Eddie Madden. 

The taxiway, which will connect the Elizabethtown Industrial Park to the airport, will measure approximately 1,000 feet and is funded with grants from the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division on Aviation and the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The estimated completion date is October, said Madden.

There is also an extension to the existing Ben Greene Industrial Drive being constructed which will end in a cul-de-sac, said Madden. The extension of Ben Greene Industrial Drive will allow motor vehicle access to four large industrial sites. 

The town has also received notification they have been approved for a runway extension project at the airport as well, said Madden. 

“They (NC Division on Aviation) want to shift the landing zone down 300 feet,” said Madden. The reason for the shift is because of safety concerns due to the landing zone being in close proximity to the NC 87 Bypass and the overall length of the runway. 

Madden said the town will add about 800 feet to the runway to allow for the shift of the landing zone and to extend the runway slightly. 

“We’ve already acquired the property. We’ve cleared trees and obstructions,” said Madden. 

He said the design phase for the runway extension will begin in July 2018 and construction will begin in July 2019. 

Construction is also progressing on the new airport terminal building as well. The new building will measure 4,500 square feet and is being constructed on the site of the old terminal. The new building will feature office space, a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, classroom space, restroom facilities, kitchen space, shower facilities, and storage space. The projected completion date for the airport terminal is October 2018.

The terminal project is being funded with a $1.2 million grant from the North Carolina Division of Aviation.

The former terminal building was sold and moved off the site.